Jordan Phillips, a 6-foot-5, 300-pounder from Circle High in Kan., was one of the few players who were bumped up to 5-star status when the rankings were updated earlier this week on Scout.com.
“I just want to thank my family and my coaches that have been in my corner at Circle High,” Phillips said when informed he had been awarded a fifth star. “I worked hard and I am glad that everyone got the chance to see what I could do.”
Phillips will be the first player from Circle High to play division one football and is from a small community in Kansas. He also played in the Under Armour All-American Bowl, which will naturally make OU fans think of former Dewar High star and current Sooner Ronnell Lewis.
“I guess it is a cool feeling,” Phillips responded when asked about being the lone man to go on to play college ball in the history of Circle High. “Circle is not that big of place, but it still means a lot.”
Phillips thought that playing against an elite level of competition not only helped get him more prepared for college, but it also believes that it helped him in his goal to become a five-star. A goal he set heading in to the week of the event.
“I kind of went in to it with the goal to show everyone that I was a 5-star,” Phillips said. “I wanted to show everyone that I could be that guy and it is like a weight lifted off of my shoulders now that I did it.”
Phillips, who is also a star on the basketball team, racked up 68 tackles and 8.5 sacks as senior in 2010. The big man also hauled in 17 passes for around 400 yards and four scores on the offensive side of the ball.